More than 200 former journalists—many of them former colleagues at ABC News—have condemned President Trump for his “un-American” attacks on the media.
I wasn’t one of the signers.
I know many of the people involved—some of whom I considered friends. Some of them I don’t know. Others I didn’t like, and they didn’t like me. One called me “dumb as a boulder” when I questioned liberal attitudes in columns I wrote for The Washington Times.
More important, the letter calls into question the impartiality of these journalists when they were working in the media. See https://thehill.com/homenews/media/413090-hundreds-of-journalists-sign-letter-condemning-trumps-attacks-on-the-press
As one former ABC News executive, who didn’t add his name to the list, told me: “It shows that once most journalists retire, their previous political leanings become an avalanche of Democratic activism.”
During 15 years at ABC as head of bureaus in the Middle East and Europe and as a 20/20 producer, I remember several times I was attacked for quoting conservatives in stories. I didn’t persist in calling out my colleagues for their liberal views, but I should have. Maybe that’s because I knew I would face retaliation.
The letter ties Trump’s statements to the spate of explosive devices sent to various political figures. I thought that reporters were supposed to deal in facts. Is there any evidence to support an actual connection between Trump and the bombs other than the wingnut voted for him?
What’s also troubling about the letter is that the background of the leader of the group received little scrutiny in press reports.
Organizer Meredith Wheeler is a dyed-in-the-wool leftist who worked for various Democrat campaigns, including that of President Obama. I didn’t know her until she started attacking me about various positions I held.
I found absolutely no mention of her political activism in any of the articles. That’s shoddy reporting. I guess that due diligence didn’t fit the meme.
Remember that saying about those in glass houses should not throw stones? Since liberal bias was rampant at ABC News during my 15 years there, isn’t it worthwhile to look at the media’s own problems, too?